Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Following Threads

[Image of Japanese magazine Taiyo via SRI bookstore.]

[Image of Japanese magazine Taiyo via SRI bookstore.]

I thought I'd hit the jackpot when I was browsing SRI's small online bookstore and came across a special issue of the Japanese magazine, Taiyo, focused on the Edo Period craze for Indian export cloth. Turns out the issue was sold, but it's always a treat to explore the Brooklyn-based textile gallery. Highlights include old Japanese utilitarian textiles, specifically indigo-dyed cotton, and in the Indian section, some breathtaking kantha and bandhani.

[Detail view, antique indigo-dyed cotton katazome cloth with patches at SRI Threads.]

The image at top reminds me to mention Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan.

Opening at the Birmingham Museum of Art Saturday, July 31, this exhibition looks at the Japanese fashion icon with examples from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Textile artisan and scholar, Annie Van Assche, visits Sunday, August 1 to present a free 2 p.m. lecture: The Kimono and Western Dress in the Early 20th Century: A Revolution in Fashion. She will share how Parisian fashion designers, including Poiret, Vionett and Chanel, took inspiration from the kimono’s straight lines and created avant-garde clothes without traditionally cumbersome corsets and bustles. The show runs through October 10, 2010.

More museum news: MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta) is currently offering a special discounted membership. For less than the price of general admission at most museums, or the rough equivalent of a movie ticket, individuals can join and receive: unlimited free admission; invitations to previews; free or discounted admission to MODA special events, lectures, workshops, and films; and 10% discounts on Museum merchandise and catalogs plus other benefits. Dual memberships cost $18 and family memberships cost $27.

Related past post: Daily Eye Candy.


Elsbeth said...

Hi! Thank you again for a wonderful post!
When I saw 'MODA' in combination with the Japan textiles, I thought you had found the somewhat unknown MoDA, Museum of Domestic design and Architecture, here in London. They run a great exhibition, called 'Japantastic'!
Really enjoying your posts!

Style Court said...

Hi Elsbeth! Thank you. I'll have to check that out.